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Melvin E. Gleiter

Melvin E. Gleiter

April 16, 2017

Melvin Earl Gleiter, 90, died Sunday. April 16, 2017 at Azura Memory Care in Eau Claire following a complicated bout with Alzheimer's disease.

He leaves his sister and brother-in-law, Delores and Martin Loewenhagen, his two sons, Timothy and James, his daughter-in-law Kathleen and grandchildren Sarah and Ben, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, their children, and many close friends.

Preceded in death by wives Lois (Linse) and Beverly (Wright) as well as his beloved kitty, Putz. 

Born and raised in Alma, WI, the son of Sam and Elsie Gleiter, he excelled at hunting, fishing and academics, receiving his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Purdue University.

Prior to his university studies Melvin served his country during the Korean War, a proud veteran he was.

Melvin began his career in higher education in the chemistry department, University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, teaching biochemistry and other subjects.  He served as Professor and Chairman of the chemistry department.  Staff, as well as students, remembers him as an avid and proficient whistler!

A devout Christian, Melvin cherished his faith as evidenced through his role as Deacon for Peace Lutheran church ministering and consoling his fellow Christians in their time of need.

An ardent world traveler, Melvin toured noteworthy destinations including Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Germany and most recently Israel.  He was also particularly fond of frequent trips to Chapel Hill, NC and Woodbury, MN.  Never in question were yearly trips to Green Bay for a Packers Game with Jim and Ben.

Please direct donations to Peace Lutheran Church (www.mypeacechurch.com) and/ or the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire https://connect.uwec.edu/fund

Funeral service will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Avenue, Eau Claire, WI, 54701. Pastor James Whatley will officiate. Visitation will take place Saturday an hour prior to the service. Burial will take place immediately following the funeral in the Alma Cemetery in Alma, Wisconsin.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.fullerspeckienhulke.com.

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Visitation

Visitation will take place Saturday an hour prior to the service.

Service

Funeral service will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Avenue, Eau Claire, WI, 54701. Pastor James Whatley will officiate.